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H.R. Pufnstuf - The Complete Series (1969)

Jack Wild , Billie Hayes  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jack Wild, Billie Hayes, Lennie Weinrib, Joan Gerber, Walker Edmiston
  • Writers: Marty Krofft, Sid Krofft
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino Theatrical
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 450 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00013F32G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,405 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "H.R. Pufnstuf - The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 17 episodes on three discs
  • Pilot episode with commentary by Sid & Marty Krofft
  • Interview with creators Sid & Marty Krofft
  • Interview with actor Billie Hayes (Witchiepoo)
  • Interview with actor Jack Wild (Jack)
  • Interview with TV historian Hal Erickson
  • Sid & Marty Kroftt pilot, "Irving" (1957)
  • TV Land spots

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Product Description

Take a "trip" back in time to a place that made Saturday mornings come alive! HR Pufnstuf, one of the most popular and beloved television series, is presented this deluxe DVD package featuring every episode ever made! Travel to Living Island with Jimmy and Freddie, his talking flute, as they battle the evil Witchiepoo with the help of HR Pufnstuf and his colorful collection of friends.

Once upon a time, during the tail end of the psychedelic sixties, a program appeared that captured the imagination of children as much as the tenor of the times. Not that H.R. Pufnstuf, which premiered on NBC in 1969, dealt with heavy topics like the Vietnam War. Instead, this colorful Sid and Marty Krofft creation mixed live action with puppetry and kept things groovy with song, dance, bad puns, trippy sets, and wacky sound effects. Like The Wizard of Oz and "Puff the Magic Dragon," its charming innocence appealed as much to kids as to the kinds of adults who flocked to Pee-wee's Playhouse and SpongeBob SquarePants in later years. The story begins when Jimmy (Oliver!'s Jack Wild) is tricked by Witchiepoo (Billie Hayes) into taking a boat ride on a sunny day. Next thing he knows he's stranded on Living Island, where everything--the houses, the trees--talks. And Witchiepoo is endlessly scheming to steal Freddie, his magical golden flute (or "Fweddie" as Wild pronounces it). Pufnstuf, the island's mayor, is Jimmy's Glinda the Good Witch--as a friendly dragon with an aw-shucks accent. Throughout these 17 episodes, Jimmy and Puf are joined by Dr. Blinky, Cling and Clang, and a host of other odd, but benevolent characters. Witchiepoo meanwhile, has Orson Vulture and Seymour Spider on her (dark) side. Standout episodes include "Mechanical Boy," in which Jimmy "does the robot"--years before the dawn of disco--and "Dinner for Two Please Orson," in which Blinky's Time Machine malfunctions and Jimmy is turned into an old man--who Witchiepoo plans to marry! With H.R. Pufnstuf, the Kroffts (Lidsville, The Bugaloos) combined the best qualities of the top shows of its time, like Laugh-In and The Monkees, and created something fresh and new that's just as relevant--and irreverent--today. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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141 of 144 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smiles And A Little Sadness January 8, 2005
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I think the first thing that fans of the H.R. Pufnstuf series might find surprising is that there were only 17 episodes produced, and one of those is what amounts to a "clip" show. When the series first aired, it seemed to go on forever. That was in the days of one episode a Saturday, every Saturday. Somehow, kids didn't quite catch on that it was the same eps over and over.

But the show itself was pretty revolutionary for its time. A Dragon with a heart of gold, a witch with an eye for gold and a kid with a golden flute in the middle.

But that's typical of Sid and Marty Krofft, who provided a gentle touch, a bit of slapstick, some wild sets and costumes and a stellar star in the form of Jack Wild, just off his Artful Dodger turn in the Best Picture Oscar winning "Oliver!" at the time.

If you're a fan of the series, you will like what you see here. As advertised, every episode is presented (though one of them is in rather washed out shape in comparison to the rest for some reason). But even more notable are the special features you get here.

It's rare to get a sit down interview with the Kroffts themselves, but you get to hear them both tell their stories about the days of their childhood careers, and what led them to create their collection of programs. THAT is worth the price of the DVD, because you get to find out a lot about the psychology of these two guys through their candid comments: Sid, who was the Vaudeville star, and Marty, who copied his world famous sibling doing his same act. The interaction between these two could be the most amusing thing in this collection and MUST NOT BE MISSED!

They also slip you a couple of episodes of an early program titled "Irving" about a circus lion and his adventures in and around the Big Top.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!! February 11, 2004
How cool is THIS!!! I have waited YEARS for this. I grew up watching the Sid & Marty Kroft tv show. Showing my age a bit eh? However there were two stand out shows from them. Land of the Lost (that box set is coming this year from Rhino!) and H.R. Pufnstuf! To have these wonderful treasures in a DVD set is like a magic flute to my ears and candy for my eyes. This was an escape for us when we were younger and it is wonderful to be able to go back to that escape now as a grown up. This is also a great gift to share with your young ones you might have now because there is not much anymore on TV that really is offering kids a fantasy to escape into without trying to sell them stuff. So who you call when things get ruff? H.R. Pufnstuff!!!!!!!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saturday's back April 17, 2011
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This is every episode commercial free including the full intro of Jimmy going down the hill to the boat to magic island. The picture and sound is excellent, typical top notch delivery by amaz. You have to buy it because you don't remember it... HR puffnstuf..
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't watch a little, cuz you can't watch enough! June 2, 2004
H.R. Pufnstuf may have lasted only 17 episodes, it may have come from the late 60's, and there may be a dozen other things that could be considered negative flaws about this show, but they only add to the infectious charm of this wonderfully orchaestrated live action cartoon.
I bought the complete DVD boxset for my fiancee's birthday recently, because I knew it would be something she would simply love and treasure for years to come. Some may think that the Kroft brothers did drugs in order to create the many zany and trippy programs they created over the years, but trust me, they didn't.
Are there druglike innuendoes and double-entendres placed visually and in the dialogue? well, that's really up to personal opinions and interpretations. But I digress.
This show is definitely worth owning, the dialogue can be a bit cringe-inducing at times but not overtly so, the puns and jokes can go from hilarious to Fozzie-like unBearability within the same episode, but everything is simply top=notch.
Jack Wild is awesome as Jimmy, he brings youthful energy and enthusiasm and seems to be enjoying himself wholeheartedly throughout the series. He is very convincing in his determination to get home or to rescue Freddy Flute from the witch, showcasing a great deal of courage and loyalty to his friends, Freddy, Puf, Dr. Blinky, etc.
Billie Hayes is simply excellent as Witchiepoo, she combines a playful lunacy with a menacing ruthlessness, wrapped up with perfect comedic timing, you can't help but laugh and love the ol' hag.
The costumes are simply marvelous, not just for Pufnstuff, but for everyone: Dr. Blinky, the Evil Trees (specially imported from Transylvania), Orson the Vulture, Seymour Spider, Cling & Clang (perfect examples of Keystone Cops), Judy Frog, etc.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool box design April 16, 2011
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This company did a great job in the packaging of this set, the Pufnstuf bobblehead is in its own packaging which allows it to be placed separately from the dvd set for display.The video quality is the same as the the Rhino set i purchased years ago, only difference is with this set you do not get the complete opening sequence, the shots where Jimmy is running down the hill then spots the ship etc etc, on this set it starts after he is rescued and carries on from there.The bonus episode which features a segment from the Krofft Supershow called Horror Hotel is fun,,,it being a segment only lasts about 12 minutes, all in all it's fun and stars some of the characters from different shows including a Hoodoo look-a-like, who did a REALLY good job!
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Published 8 days ago by DOUGLAS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality
my 6 yr old loves this !!! great quality, and price. I am reliving my childhood memories with my son now as I use to watch this as a kid. Read more
Published 9 days ago by amy j derby
5.0 out of 5 stars Still your friend when things get tough.
Loved this series when my kids were young. Bought it for my son's birthday as a joke. We watched and laughed and laughed. He's still our friend when things get tough!!
Published 26 days ago by Jane Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me feel 10 again, and there is no price to put on that
Great show, great fun. A classic in my book. A must see. Grew up on sigmund and the seamonster and this guy, just love watching years later with the family, brings you right back... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Dirk Diggler
5.0 out of 5 stars A total blast from the past. I watched this ...
A total blast from the past. I watched this on Saturday mornings when I was young. I even had an HR Pufnstuf lunchbox.
Published 29 days ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars I am getting more like it so I can remember more
I remember watching this TV series in the late 1960s and early 1970s, so I'm loving the memories I got from this one item. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dawn M. Alhannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love, Love Love! Reliving my childhood with this Series. The memories are priceless for us "Old-School" adults. Get it!
Published 1 month ago by T2honor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is the same as I remember
Published 1 month ago by Teresa Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by nobody
3.0 out of 5 stars Who's Your Friend When Things Get Rough?
It's nice to have fond memories of something and have them actually come out true, something quite uncommon when it comes to these old Saturday morning shows. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Red Wood
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